College Football Scores 2013: Biggest Surprises from Early Saturday Action
After six weeks without many major upsets, we finally got to see a number of stunning victories and big surprises in Week 7 of the college football season.
Saturday was filled with some exciting matchups. There were three games between top-25 teams, along with some upsets that not only shook their respective conferences, but the BCS race as well.
So, with the early games out of the way, here were the three biggest surprises from Saturday afternoon.
No. 25 Missouri Takes Down No. 7 Georgia in SEC Battle
The Georgia Bulldogs had a number of injuries to deal with heading into Saturday, and it clearly showed as the Missouri Tigers pulled away late in the game.
Aaron Murray did his best to to keep the Bulldogs in it. He went 25-for-45 through the air for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He didn't throw an interception until late in the fourth quarter, throwing two that sealed Georgia's fate.
As big as the win was, it wasn't all good news for Missouri. James Franklin, the team's star quarterback, was injured in the fourth quarter and had to leave the game. According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, Franklin could be out six weeks with a Grade 2 shoulder separation.
#Mizzou QB James Franklin is expected to be out for at least the next 6 wks, probably longer w a Grade 2 shoulder separation, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 12, 2013
On the same drive where Franklin got hurt, the Tigers pulled out a sneaky trick play. They ran a double pass with wide receiver Bud Sasser throwing a 40-yard bomb to L'Damian Washington, putting Missouri up 36-24.
After a Murray interception, the Tigers officially put it away and went up 41-26 with a seven-yard touchdown run by Henry Josey.
The loss has taken Georgia out of the race for the SEC championship, at least for now. The Bulldogs have a 3-1 record in the conference, while Missouri is sitting on top at 3-0 in the SEC.
More importantly, it now looks like Georgia is going to struggle to make it to a BCS Bowl, with two losses on the year through just six games.
Texas Stuns No. 12 Oklahoma In Red River Rivalry
It's only one game, but the Texas Longhorns needed a big win, and they got just that with a 36-20 beatdown over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Blake Bell did not have a good game for Oklahoma. That all started in the first quarter, when Chris Whaley picked him off and took it 31 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Bell finished the game going just 12-for-26 with 133 yards and two interceptions.
On the other hand, Case McCoy had a huge game for Texas. He went 13-for-21 with 190 yards, an interception and two big touchdowns, including a 59-yard pass to Marcus Johnson in the second quarter to put Texas up 17-3.
For as much as McCoy has been criticized while at Texas, I'm sure that Longhorns fans will be happy with his performance in this one.
The play of the day came from Daje Johnson, who took a punt return 85 yards for the touchdown, blowing by a number of Sooners.
Geneo Grissom was able to tip one of McCoy's passes in the fourth quarter and take it for a touchdown, but at that point it was too little too late as Texas came away with the win.
While Mack Brown's job still likely isn't safe, he certainly helped his cause with this big win. The Longhorns are now 3-0 in the Big 12, and if they keep this up they have a shot to take the division title.
For Oklahoma, they'll have a chance to bounce back next week against Kansas. After that, the Sooners will have to go through Texas Tech and Baylor in what will be very tough tests for this team.
No. 14 South Carolina Dominates in 52-7 Win Over Arkansas
It might not have been an upset, but few people thought that the South Carolina Gamecocks could be this dominant in their win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks answered first, scoring a six-yard touchdown to go up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for Arkansas, that was all that it was able to do.
Connor Shaw had a huge day in the win. He went 19-for-28 with 219 yards and three touchdowns through the air, along with 37 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His biggest play of the game came on this 45-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd at the beginning of the second half to give the Gamecocks a 31-7 lead.
Mike Davis also had a really big day for South Carolina. He ran for 128 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry, and also came away with a touchdown.
South Carolina put up 537 yards of total offense in the game and had possession for 43 minutes and 25 seconds, almost 75 percent of the game.
The Gamecocks have won four straight games since losing to Georgia in the beginning of September, putting themselves back in the SEC race. If Shaw and Davis continue to play like they did on Saturday, then South Carolina will be in good shape to make a run at the SEC championship.
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